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with his fellows. The name of William the Fourth was never received more affectionately than on the 1st of last March. Song, “ God save the King!" chorus by the band, Welsh harp, and the whole company. “ Her Majesty the Queen," three times three: our Queen's name was received as it ever ought to be, when toasted, as a bright example of illustrious worth and domestic amiability and virtue. The noble president announced that was his intention to propose the healths of two members of the royal family, who had unusual claims upon the attention of his auditory,“their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Kent and the Princess Victoria;" the cries of “ huzza," “ bravo," and cheering, prevented our hearing the conclusion of his lordship’s address; the noise was tremendous; this Babel of uproar, as last year, (when the same toast was given,) literally drowned the sound of the military band. We hope to attend many many years, on St. Taffy's day, at the Freemason's, to see (not hear) the utmost efforts to be heard of trumpets and trombones again drowned by Welshmen's voices. The Duchess of Kent sent, on our last anniversary, the sum of £50 to the Welsh charity, and another £50 this year. Let it be recollected, that subscriptions often are drawn forth (when there is no reasonable claim,) from custom or etiquette, but this is a voluntary donation. His Majesty's noble subscription has hitherto been received as a boon from the reigning family; but the Duchess of Kent, it appears, does not rest satisfied with that, and presents £50 each to the Welsh, Scots, and Irish charities, besides dispensing her bounty in numberless other channels, which we here have no business to advert to: we can answer for our Celtic neighbours, as for our own countrymen, that our gratitude to her is most deeply engraven upon our hearts. Toasts, " The Army and Navy,” three times three; followed by “Rule Britannia." “ The Principality of Wales," three times three; we need not say this toast was properly received. Song, “ Dear father-land,” (written by R. F. Williams.) The song is so pretty, that we extract it from the programme of the day's proceeding.
Air “ The Rising of the Lark.”
With diamond-sparkling showers;
And fans the fragrant flow'rs:
O'er one lov'd spot alone;
On Aow'rs that I have known:
Dear father-land to me!
And joyful sounds prolong:
With melody and song!
High songs and stirring lays;
With sweet and joyful praise:
Dear father-land to me!"
The chairman announced the arrival of the children; they were then introduced, and paraded round the room; they were encored in an ode, accompanied on the harp by little Hughes, the infant lyrist; their healthy appearance elicited general approbation. Here we cannot abstain from noticing a circumstance which must be especially gratifying to every patron of the institution, and to all Welshmen: it was mentioned by the noble chairman, that not a single death had occurred among the children, during the late visitation of cholera in London; this is the more extraordinary, because their connexions are very poor people, who necessarily could not, in narrow and dark alleys, guard against the effects of contamination so well as their richer brethren; this reflects the highest credit upon Mr. David Lewis, the surgeon. The company were also informed that not a single child was then in disgrace for negligence in school, or bad conduct. Colonel Wood, the treasurer, afterwards read the report of subscriptions, which were very liberal; and, notwithstanding former losses, it appears the charity is in a prosperous state. We regret that we cannot particularise the different sums, for we have received no statement from the secretary, although, in conformity with the request of many correspondents, we applied for one; in consequence of which omission we have great difficulty in presenting our readers with any thing like a tolerable statement of the day's proceedings: we especially regret the circumstance, for the sake of a charity surpassed by no other school in the metropolis for its excellence of arrangement and operation.* Many other toasts were drank, and some of the “ Hearts of Oak” remained until a late hour.
On Friday, the 1st instant, the members of the Conway Friendly Society assembled to celebrate the seventh anniversary of their meeting on Gwyl Dewi Sant; and, preceded by their banner, a band of music, and the trustees of the society, moved on to Rose Hill, the residence of their worthy vicar, the Rev. John Owen, but, owing to his lady's state of health, were deterred from paying their usual tribute of respect, and deprived of the honour of seeing the rev. gentleman join in the procession. They then marched on to Castle street, to Mrs. Owen's, (who, with the Misses Owen, her daughters, has for years adorned the list of their honorary members.) where they halted, and the band having played some of our national airs, gave demonstrations of the most lively sense of gratitude, in the most loud and reiterated cheers. From thence they moved on to Mr. John Jones's, one of their trustees and honorary members, where, the band having played “ Yr hen amser gynt,” &c. they manifested the same heartfelt gratitude in long and deafening cheers; and from thence proceeded to church, where, the service of the day being read by the Rev. J. Owen, a most affecting discourse, suited to the occasion, was delivered by the Rev. Griffith Williams, Llansaintfraid. From church they marched to Castle street, where they were divided into companies, and proceeded to the several houses appointed, at which they enjoyed a good and substantial dinner, their quantum sufficit of curw da, and returned to their homes, heartily pleased with themselves and the enjoyment of the day. We feel proud of the task of giving publicity to the following list of honorary members belonging to the above society; viz. Sir David Erskine, Bart; Rev. John Owen; Major Burrows; Major Howard; J.C. Jones, Esq. Bryn Eisteddfod; T. Lloyd, Esq. Marle; Rev. T. Alban, Llandrillo; H. Pringle, Esq. Bodlondeb; Mr. John Jones, Conway; Lady Erskine; Mrs. Owen, Castle street: Miss Owen, ditto; Miss M. Owen, ditto; Miss Howard ; Mrs. Chambres Jones, Bryn Eisteddfod; and Miss D. Ellis, Dyffryn.- Bangor Paper.
* Since the above was written, the secretary has communicated to us, that great pressure of business prevented his furnishing us with the accounts. We hope io present them next Quarter.
The anniversary of this day was celebrated on the 1st ult., by the members of the Chester Cambrian Society, and well-wishers of that institution, dining together at Mr. Pembrey's, the Hop-pole Inn, where the large detached room was most tastefully fitted up for their reception, with a rare combination of Paphian bowers and heraldic decorations; the latter (the coats armorial of the noble families of the neighbourhood) painted and arranged by the skilful hands of Mr. S. Brown, who if he does not hold the rank of Carter King-at-arms of the county palatine, certainly deserves so to do. As a mark of respect to the worthy host and hostess, who spared neither trouble or expense on this occasion, no less than 179 tickets were taken; but, owing to various causes, not more than between 60 and 70 gentlemen sat down to dinner. The Hon. Edward Mostyn Lloyd Mostyn, M.P. presided, supported on his right by Richard Puleston, Esq., Vincent Corbett, Esq., John Dymock, Esq., - O'Brien, Esq., R. Brittain, Esq.; and on his left by C. Morrall, Esq., J. Finchett Maddock, Esq., R. J. Mostyn, Esq., Rev. T. M. Davies, and Thomas Finchett Maddock, Esq. Mr. Thomas Whitley, at the especial request of the chairman, occupied the vice president's chair, in the unavoidable absence of Robert Middleton Biddulph, Esq.M.P. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given, including, of course, the standing toast of the day. “ Anvarwol goffadwriaeth Dewi Sant" (the immortal memory of Saint David,) and several convivial and complimentary ones also in the course of the evening. The hilarity of the meeting was also considerably increased by Penillion singing, accompanied by the harp; by one or two exquisite melodies, warbled with peculiar taste and skill, by Captain Puleston; and by the favourite song, “ Oh, let the kind Minstrel,” which was given in his best style, by Mr. Edward Parry. In the course of the evening, a well.merited tribute of respect was paid to the noble and patriotic father of the hon. chairman (Lord Mostyn), who was at that time presiding at the meeting of the ancient Britons in the metropolis. Major Morrall also eulogized the services of the Rev. Evan Evans, the chaplain of the institution. Captain Puleston presented small donations from two ladies; and Mr. E. Parry, the secretary, gave a very favourable account of the state of the funds of the Chester Cambrian Society, which combines, with the annual celebration of St. David's Day, the laudable object of providing the means of religious instruction for the poorer natives of the Principality resident in Chester, by enabling them to hear the word of God in their native language.—Chester Chron.
LIVERPOOL. The children of the Welsh Charity School assembled in the school-room in Russell-street, Liverpool, and, accompanied by a great number of the friends of the institution, proceeded to St. David's church, where service was read in Welsh by the curate, the Rev. Evan Jones, of St.David's College, Cardiganshire, and an appropriate Welsh sermon was preached by the minister, the Rev. R. Davies, from St. John, v. 14, “ Behold thou art made whole, sin no more, lest a worse thing happen unto you." After church, an interesting examination of the children of the schools took place in the school-room, in the presence of the friends of the charity and the parents of the children. The proficiency of the boys and girls in reading, writing, and scripture instruction, afforded much satisfaction. In the evening the directors and friends dined together at the Adelphi Hotel. The dinner and wines were excellent. During the evening the president, stewards, and secretary of that very respectable association, the Cambrian Friendly Society, presented their annual donation of £10, in aid of the funds of the Welsh Charity School, which was gratefully acknowledged by the company. Respectful and cordial ex
pressions of gratitude were made to the subscribers and supporters of the School. An announcement was made that the treasurer had received the amount of £300 in the three per cent. consols (free of duty,) being a bequest from the late benevolent Mrs. Brown, of Thurstaston Hall, Cheshire; and the health of John Owen, Esq. the residuary legatee of the deceased lady, was most cordially drank, with many thanks to him for the kind interest he had uniformly shewn towards the Welsh Charity School. This bequest has occurred very opportunely, as a heavy debt was incurred in consequence of the necessity of effecting extensive repairs in the school.
At Holywell, and several other places throughout the Principality, due honour was done to the day.- Bangor Paper.
BIRMINGHAM ST. DAVID'S SOCIETY. The ninth anniversary of this society was celebrated on the 1st of March, at Dee's Royal Hotel; the chair was taken by the right hon. the Earl of Plymouth, who was attended by Edward Lloyd Williams, Esq., James Taylor, Esq., Frederic Jedsom, Esq., the Rev. Dr. Booker, and a numerous party of clergy and gentlemen connected with the institution. The benevolent president was welcomed with those cordial feelings of respect and pleasure, due to his philanthropy and liberal patronage of thellelsh Charity School, and wore a leek presented to him by the Cambrian ladies of the St. David's Society, who were proud to identify, in the warm friend of the poor and the ignorant, a lineal descendant from Britain's native princes. In the course of the evening, the children of the St. David's School were received by the noble president and gentlemen assembled, with much kind consideration, this heightened the interest of an evening devoted to charitable and patriotic feeling. Previously to the dinner, the annual report of the secretaries (the Rev. B. Howells of Hughly, and Mr. Edward Tilsley Moore,) having been read, it appeared, that from deaths and other causes, the income of the instituiton, during the last year, had been considerably diminished, while the applications for admission into the school were numerous and urgent: already have the blessings of this excellent charity been secured to the orphun children of cholera victims; and, contemplating a numerous Welsh population (not entitled to parochial aid) now drawn from various parts of ihe Principality, to the coal and iron works of the neighbouring districts, so rapidly and fatally visited by disease, it is earnestly to be wished, that all persons connected with those works would zealously promote such an increase of annual subscriptions to the St. David's School, as might render it a home to the fatherless and the destitute,-a refuge from ignorance and vice.
The Birmingham Cymmrodorion Society also celebrated St. David's day in the true spirit of Cambria's children,
“For strong is the bent of the mountain-born flock,
As the eagle on wing for Eryri's old rock.” Penillion were sung in amicable rivalry to the spirit-stirring strains of the harp, and the native awen flowed freely, inspired by Hen Cymru and Cwrw dda. After dinner, the members of the Cyanmrodorion (who are of the working classes,) collected, in small contributions, their annual subscription to the Sı. David's school, and were enabled to double their former sum. It is hoped that such exertions of honest pride 10 extend the benefits of moral culture to their poor brethren, may be followed in other commercial districts, and tend to preserve the national character of a people, with whose peasantry it was eloquently observed, “ Justice had sometimes to adjust her balance, but seldom to exercise her sword,-a peasantry who loved their God, and honored their king."
CHELTENHAM, MARCH 1st. This day, which, as most of our readers well know, is dedicated to the honour of the patron saint of the Principality, has been for some years past celebrated by the Cambro-Britons of Cheltenham, with all that hilarity and good-fellowship for which the descendants of the Tudors and Cadwalladers of old have long been renowned. The ebullition of nationality which manifests itself upon such occasions is exceedingly grateful to the mind; and though ourselves, in a great degree, unmoved by those chords of sympathy which vibrated in the hearts of many present, we cannot be strangers to the fact of their existence, or refrain from participating in those pleasures which are capable of communicating so much happiness to those around us. The Welshman has always been famed for ardent attachment to his native land, and anything which serves to recall its existence to his mind, « Like the rude torrent and the whirlwind's
roar, But binds him to his native mountains more. As, however, we do not intend becoming essayists, we shall proceed briefly to chronicle the events of the day, or rather of the evening—for though the flag was hoisted upon the Rotunda, and the bells of St. Mary's rung three merry peals in compliment to the occasion, yet it is the National Concert which more particularly demands our attention as public journalists. Before seven o'clock those persons who had been fortunate enough to secure tickets, assembled in the Rotunda; and by half-past that noble saloon was completely filled with as elegant and as fashionable a company as we ever recollect witnessing. We were well pleased to observe St. David's badge so very generally worn by the gentlemen; nor could we help noticing the taste and ingenuity displayed by the fair belles of the mountain land, in adopting the silver leek as their chosen ornament of dress. We observed at least fifty ladies who wore this device.
The performance of the evening was commenced by Mr. Parry's spirited overture to “A Trip to Wales,” which was performed in a manner reflecting the highest credit on the gentlemen composing the orchestra, and upon Mr. Woodward, our very respected townsman, and organist at the parish church, who presided at the piano. The overture was followed by the glee and chorus of“ Cambria's Holiday,” and “ The Rose of Llan Meilan," the chief favorite of last year's concert. We regret, however, to be compelled to add, that it was by no means so well sung upon the present occasion. The popular duet of “ Hob y deri dundo,” and Mr. Wiffen's splendid song, “ I crossed in its beauty thy Dee's Druid water,” were both loudly encored. The other favourite songs were “ Ellen dear,” which was very sweetly sung by Mr. Leonard, and deservedly encored; “ The Poet's Bride," a ballad adapted to the old Welsh air of the “ Britons ;'' and “ Adieu to dear Cambria,” which was sung with great taste and feeling by Miss Powis. This young lady, a pupil of Mr. Uglows, who we now observe is numbered among our professors, has of late very much improved in her voice, as well as in her style of singing, and will doubtless be ere long a great favourite. Two of the glees “The False Knight," and “ Mountain Fires,” though harmonised for the present concert by Mr. Parry, did not please us so well as our old favourites, “ The Death of Llewelyn," and “Sons of the Fair Isle,” the compositions of the same gifted musician. A flute fantasia on the “ Rising of the Lark," and other Welsh airs, by Mr. P. Davies, and a violin fantasia, on “ Ar hyd y Nos,” by Mr. Uglow, were both beautifully performed, and proved each gentleman to by a perfect master of his instrument. The song of “ St. David's Day," ably sung by Mr. Bishop, and chorused by the company, had a truly novel and exhilarating effect, and was loudly encored.